Outdoor Rides in the Winter

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Outdoor Rides in the Winter

We were just talking on another thread about Animal Kingdom in the Winter, and that got me wondering: what are outdoor rides, like, say, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, like during the winter months?

We're planning on making our next visit down in January. What does your FACE feel like having that cold air smack it on a roller coaster? Is it as painful as I'm thinking it will be? Most of the water rides are probably out, but do most people abandon the dry outdoor rides, as well?

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Most of our trips to WDW have been in December due to my work schedule and when we can all get time off. We had no problems with the cold weather. We've been very lucky that it hasnt been that cold (we missed the cold spell in 2010 by a week). I dont think there should be that much of a problem with going on the outside rides and with AK as per the other posting - I think it is a better time to see the animals. We have been on the outside rides and because of the time of year, we have been able to go one them multiple times in a row - without having to use FP. We have avoided the water rides if it happened to be cooler than we want it to be - just depends on what you can tolerate. I think Dec and Jan are the better times to go - except the Holiday/New Years weeks - because overall, the crowds/lines are not that bad.

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Nancy D wrote:
We're planning on making our next visit down in January. What does your FACE feel like having that cold air smack it on a roller coaster?

Hopefully it feels like you got punched in the face with FUN! yay

I have been on outdoor rides at Hershey Park when the temperature was in the mid 30s, and it was no worse than a gust of cold wind. Maybe keep a little facial moisturizer on hand if your skin is sensitive, but I don't think you'll have a problem. mickey

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We went in February and it was in the 80's so not much of a temperature drop at all. Never been in January but my friend always goes at Christmas and says it is quite warm. Last year she was disappointed because they closed the water parks because it was 60 degrees and too cold. I guess our winters here make us a lot more heartier for the winters there.

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Definately skip "Splash Mountain". Have a good chapstick on and moisturizer for Thunder Mountain or Expedition Everest.

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Poppet wrote:
Definately skip "Splash Mountain". Have a good chapstick on and moisturizer for Thunder Mountain or Expedition Everest.

Oh, I agree! We went in early December 2010 and the mornings were inthe upper 30's low 40's. We usually do SplashMountain as our very first ride at MK - we skipped it.

The great news was by late morning the temsp rose nicely and the rest of the day was gorgerous!!! Layers, I say!

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Nancy D wrote:
We're planning on making our next visit down in January. What does your FACE feel like having that cold air smack it on a roller coaster?

Hopefully it feels like you got punched in the face with FUN! yay

THAT was FUNNY!!

Great advice on the chapstick and moisturizer, guys...I hadn't thought of that for some reason...but I'm totally going to give that a try. And smile every time I get punched in the face with FUN!

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I am here right now and its in the 80's and I am wearing shorts awesome

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Wasn't bad at all when we were there last week except there was one day where it was unexpectedly cold but all the rides were fine....Even Splash Mountain....But I didn't get that wet...You'll have to ask Mr.Hub and Scrappy how that felt...LOL

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Nancy D wrote:
We were just talking on another thread about Animal Kingdom in the Winter, and that got me wondering: what are outdoor rides, like, say, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, like during the winter months?

We're planning on making our next visit down in January. What does your FACE feel like having that cold air smack it on a roller coaster? Is it as painful as I'm thinking it will be? Most of the water rides are probably out, but do most people abandon the dry outdoor rides, as well?

Well Nancy, let me tell you, we have had 32 degrees and we've had the 80's in January, throw the dice and hope for the best! We are usually in shorts in January, but sometime change into jeans in the evenings, but not often. We are from PA. All depends on what your used too weather wise. I've never had cold are smack me in the face though. And the day it was 32 when we woke up, it got up to high 70's by about 1pm.

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So far this fall and into December has been unseasonably warm, except of course the few days before Thanksgiving when we were camping! DD just asked me tonight if it was going to cool down anytime soon, she has some new sweaters she is anxious to wear. It's been in the 80s for a while now, which is beautiful with no humidity.

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Jess wrote:
But I didn't get that wet...You'll have to ask Mr.Hub and Scrappy how that felt...LOL

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That was a great pic posted by MrHub lol

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We were at WDW Dec 2010 when they had record lows and riding the outside rides wasn't a big deal at all. I think you will be fine.

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